New York Sports

Dahlin ignores the buzz, saying he’s not made the Sabres yet

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rasmus Dahlin nods his head acknowledging he's familiar with the name when Scotty Bowman comes up in conversation. The 18-year-old is then taken aback upon hearing what the Hockey Hall of Fame coach had to say about the rookie defenseman ...

Rasmus Dahlin scores 1st goal, Sabres beat Islanders

By The Associated Press OSHAWA, Ontario (AP) — No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin scored his first goal for Buffalo, Jeff Skinner connected twice and the Sabres beat the New York Islanders 5-4 in exhibition play Friday night at Tribute Communities Centre. Brendan Guhle also Casey Nelson ...

Packers defense has Rodgers’ back in 22-0 win over Bills

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Always the perfectionist, that Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers quarterback looked a little more mobile playing for a third straight week with a brace on his injured left knee. But he felt like he didn't have his best day on ...

Resurgent Bills aim for another road upset, face Packers

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — This two-week trip through the NFC North was supposed to be one of the toughest stretches of the Buffalo Bills' schedule. At Minnesota. At Green Bay. After two double-digit losses to open the season, the Bills seemed destined to ...

NHL players to watch: Rebuilding teams leaning on youth

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer Jason Botterill has experienced both sides of the spectrum in confronting the challenges of building a competitive NHL team versus trying to sustain one. In Buffalo, the Sabres' second-year general manager is attempting to rebuild from scratch a team in the ...

Unbeaten Buffalo braces to host ‘ticked off’ Army

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Lance Leipold didn't get much time to enjoy his school's first win over a Big Ten opponent or relish the Bulls getting off to their first 4-0 start in nearly four decades. A few hours after returning home following a 42-13 ...

Bills safety ‘Hydes’ his emotions preparing to face Packers

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Micah Hyde did his best Wednesday to mask whatever bitterness he once had toward the Green Bay Packers in preparing to face his former team for the first time since his departure. "I've got nothing but love for the ...

All eyes are on Sabres rookie Rasmus Dahlin in Buffalo

By The Associated Press BUFFALO SABRES LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years. COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season). ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, ...

Okposo: Players need to buy in for Sabres fortunes to change

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An offseason of soul-searching led forward Kyle Okposo to realize a roster overhaul alone wasn't going to improve the Buffalo Sabres' fortunes. Okposo figured out that he and other team leaders would also have to change their approach. ...

Bills stun Vikings 27-6 in rookie Allen’s 1st road start

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback, hustling to give Buffalo an early lead in his first NFL road start. Then, the Bills turned their defense loose on Kirk Cousins and delivered a stunningly lopsided ...

Pressured by Bills D, Cousins drops ball in Vikings defeat

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Buffalo Bills unfolded an astute defensive game plan at Minnesota and unleashed their front seven on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. The most important part of their preparation and execution? Forcing Cousins to ...

Allen, Bills, 16 1-2 point underdogs, stun Vikings 27-6

By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota's Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the ...

Underdog Bills unleash D on Cousins in 27-6 win vs. Vikings

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Minnesota facing fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 26, Kirk Cousins pivoted left and passed to fullback C.J. Ham in the flat near the first-down marker. The throw early in the fourth quarter was on target as Ham began to head up ...

AP source: Brian Gionta set to retire after 16 NHL seasons

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Forward Brian Gionta is retiring at age 39 after 16 NHL seasons, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Gionta hasn't disclosed what he plans to ...

Jets’ Darnold loses unexpected rookie duel with Mayfield

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Just as in the NFL draft, Sam Darnold finished behind Baker Mayfield. Darnold lost an unexpected duel with Mayfield on Thursday night as Cleveland's rookie quarterback came off the bench and rallied the Cleveland Browns to a 21-17 win over ...

Baker Mayfield Era begins as rookie leads Browns past Jets

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — At some point, Baker Mayfield was going to assume Cleveland's starting job and become the franchise quarterback, the future. That moment arrived Thursday night. His days as a backup are over. Throwing a 14-yard dart to complete his first ...

Bowles insists ‘tough-minded’ Jets won’t let loss linger

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This isn't exactly where the Jets expected to be right now. At least, not this way. Todd Bowles' bunch is 1-2 after an embarrassing flop in Cleveland, falling 21-17 on Thursday night to a Browns team that hadn't won since 2016. ...

Odell Beckham Jr. upset with losing and frequent PED tests

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is sick of losing and frustrated with seemingly being asked to take tests every other week by the NFL for performance-enhancers. Beckham tweeted about the tests Thursday before the Giants (0-2) practiced for ...

Bills promote cornerback Ryan Lewis off practice squad

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Ryan Lewis off their practice squad to address a position depleted after Vontae Davis abruptly left the team last weekend. The Bills initially claimed Lewis off waivers on Sept. 2 after he spent last season on the New England ...

Mother of LeSean McCoy’s son alleges he was abusive

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer The mother of LeSean McCoy's young son said in a court filing Tuesday that she agreed to defend the Buffalo Bills running back against an allegation that he abused the boy even though she said she knew the accusation was true. In a three-page document filed ...